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Sigma Tau Delta

Last updated November 16, 2016

Sigma Tau Delta

Gamma Beta Chapter

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University.  Morningside's Gamma Beta chapter was chartered in 1927.

The Society:

Confers distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies

Provides, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promotes in surrounding communities interest in literature and the English language

  • Fosters all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing
  • Promotes exemplary character and good fellowship among its members
  • Exhibits high standards of academic excellence
  • Serves society by fostering literacy

Student Membership Requirements:

Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. The candidate must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class, and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work. 

For more information about the national organization, click here.

Our Chapter's Activities:


  • Cup O’ Soup: This year we will have sponsored four Cup O’ Soup events selling a variety of homemade soups to raise funds for travel to our International Convention.  These events have become a tradition on campus and are eagerly anticipated by faculty, staff, and students.
  • Spoken Word Slam:  Once each semester, Sigma Tau Delta sponsors slams so writers can read their work and compete against each other.  Writers are invited to read a variety of their work including lyrics and prose pieces.  The slams’ first-place winners receive $100 with other prizes awarded to second and third place winners.
  • Volunteering for Friends of the Sioux City Public Library Book Sale:  For the past several years, Sigma Tau Delta members have assisted with this annual book sale by volunteering to help sort and stack books. 
  • Friday is Writing Day’s Reading Marathons:  Each semester Sigma Tau Delta co-sponsors Friday is Writing Day marathon readings of popular books like Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Hobbit.  These marathons also double as fundraisers for two on-going literacy projects with the Mary Treglia House and Girls, Inc. 
  • Breakfast for Books:  Breakfast for Books is becoming an annual event where members will make homemade breakfast items and serve coffee as a fundraiser for an area school to purchase books for classrooms and students.    
  • Bringing writers to campus:  Sigma Tau Delta assists the English Department in bringing writers to campus.  In the past years we welcomed successful alumni Bill Russell, Bob Birkby, and Cheryl Tevis to share their work at the Friday is Writing Day event.  As part of the Visiting Writers Series, Gary Gildner, poet and author, spoke with capstone students about the techniques and challenges of writing nonfiction and also gave a poetry reading and Liz Kay, an acclaimed poet from Omaha, read her poetry and judged the spring poetry slam.
  • Sigma Tau Delta International Convention:  Each spring, members who submit their work and are accepted can present their own research and creative writing at the International Sigma Tau Delta Convention.  Members can also chair sessions at these events as well.  Before going, we hold revision workshops for the members submitting their work as well as conduct practice sessions to prepare the presenters. 
  • Department Participation:  Our members are very active within the English and Writing and Rhetoric departments.  Several members serve as tutors in the writing center and as editorial board members for the Kiosk literary magazine. 
  • Organization Development: We also do things that many other honor societies do such as conducting regular meetings and initiating new members in the fall and spring semesters.  We regularly make t-shirts to promote our organization.